London Marathon: club places

Dear Club Member,

Based on our number of registered athletes, we get 2 club places for the London Marathon. In the past we have allocated these based on the following criteria:

1.     Must have already entered and had a rejection

2.     Must be fully paid up with subs etc

3.     Must agree to help out or have family/friend help out at the RVHM.

If there are more than 2 members that meet the criteria, then we will hold a ballot. If there are not enough rejected runners, then we can open it out to the whole club, but with conditions 2 and 3 still applying.

The successful members will then be responsible for entering and paying via a process of which they will be advised by the Club Secretary, David Hollingworth.

If you believe you meet the criteria, please email David before 18th December: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Christmas Party and Presentation Awards Night

Tickets are now available for Christmas Party/Presentation Awards Night.

Young Athletes - FREE

Adults - £3.00 each

Coaches - FREE


Clubmark renewal

Following behind the scenes work by the Club Committee, the club has had its Clubmark certification renewed for another 3 years. Clubmark is an important accreditation for all sports clubs showing that we are “fit for purpose” in our Management, Duty of Care, Community Relations and Competition and Coaching, in particular in respect of young athletes. The photo shows our President, Jan Holst, receiving our Certificate from Guy Spencer, our Club and Coach Support Officer from England Athletics.



The President delivers

Volunteering takes many forms. WGEL Track & Field Officals are vital ....but nothing beats a refreshing cup of tea/coffee when delivered by Club President, Jan Holst.
Jan Holst serving tea

New running bio by former member

Our former member, and former Press Secretary, Steve Herington, in recent years based in Herefordshire, has published a new book about the eccentric Herefordshire runner Bob Cole. It is available here.Bob Cole Runner

The highly regarded sports journalist Matthew Engel, who has written a forward for the book,writes:

Bob Cole (1891-1960) was a farm labourer, a recluse and an eccentric. He was also one of the greatest runners in the world. In the early years of the 20th century he competed in long-distance races on the professional circuit, being crowned world champion at both 10 miles and the marathon. His times made him comparable to the top amateurs of his era. Yet he trained just by running around the small paddock at his remote cottage on the Welsh border. He never had a coach.